BEVERLY HILLS—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed that certified public accountant Patricia Cascione, 52, of Santa Clarita was charged with embezzling over $93,000 from the Girl Scouts and a local cancer center during a four-year period.
Cascione is facing two felony counts of embezzlement by a public or private officer, according to the criminal complaint in case BA471972 filed on October 9. She was the chief financial officer of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center and the volunteer treasurer for two local Girl Scouts of the United States of America chapters, including one in Woodland Hills, as well as a Girl Scouts service unit when the alleged crimes occurred, prosecutors noted.
From March 1, 2013, to February 13, 2017, Cascione is accused of using funds totaling $58,863 from the Girl Scouts accounts for her personal use. During her CFO role, she allegedly diverted $34,500 in donations from the Beverly Hills Cancer Center to one of her Girl Scouts accounts in order to embezzle the money.
Cascione faces a possible maximum penalty of up to three years and eight months in local custody if convicted as charged. Prosecutors recommending her bail being set at $125,000.
Detectives with the Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau arrested Cascione for suspicion of grand theft and theft by false pretense. According to the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, detectives produced a search warrant at Cascione’s residence after a 15-month investigation. After searching her home, authorities found additional evidence. Detectives believe that there may be additional victims and ask that anyone with questions or information contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau, Sergeant David Chambers at (661) 471-1534
The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Emerging Cyber Trends Team.